Well, my first Write 31 Days challenge has been quite an adventure! To those of you who read and commented, thank you so much for following along. I have enjoyed the opportunity to reflect on my favorite books, and I am now eager to go back and re-read some old favorites that I had nearly forgotten.
I didn’t complete this challenge perfectly, but to successfully post 31 new blog posts within the month of October is a huge accomplishment for me, and I’m so glad I participated this year. I look forward to blogging more frequently (although certainly not every day!), and I would love it if you readers would share some topics about which you would like to see me write in the future.
I wanted to close this series with an encouragement regarding reading, as I frequently hear people say that they don’t “have time” to read. I could counter with many arguments, but this brief quotation from John Piper provides ample encouragement:
“Suppose you read slowly like I do — maybe about the same speed that you speak, 200 words a minute. If you read fifteen minutes a day for one year (say just before supper, or just before bed), you will read 5,475 minutes in the year. Multiply that by 200 words a minute, and you get 1,095,000 words that you would read in a year. Now an average serious book might have about 360 words per page. So you would have read 3,041 pages in one year. That’s ten very substantial books. All in fifteen minutes a day.”
[from When I Don’t Desire God]
I keep books everywhere – on my nightstand, on my desk, in the living room, in my purse – and with my Kindle, especially, I literally never go anywhere without a book, because I never go anywhere without my phone, and I at least have the Kindle app on my phone. It’s amazing how quickly the pages add up with just 5 minutes here, 15 minutes there, and the motivation to read whenever and wherever possible.
So don’t be frustrated if you think you don’t have time to read, and also know that, as with anything else, the more you do it, the easier it becomes. Go forth, read widely, and read well!